Preview: Factor iPad magazine Issue 1 – World Cup Edition

With the first issue of Factor’s digital magazine set for release next month, here’s what you can expect from our inaugural edition.

With the upcoming FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil, we will be looking at sport’s relationship with technology, science and innovation.

The issue will be released as a fully interactive iPad magazine with easily digestible features, the highest quality images and video produced by the Factor team.

Inside you’ll be able to submerge yourself in how data is transforming the way sports teams train, approach matches and major tournaments. This will include a look at the latest technologies that are allowing athletes to analyse their every move in a bid to improve their performance.

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The first kick of the World Cup is set to be made by a paralyzed teenager who will walk onto the field using a high-tech exoskeleton. We explore how bionic technology is rapidly developing and giving new possibilities to those who have suffered large traumatic incidents.

Away from the summer of sport we speak to Outernet, the US company that want to provide free internet for the world, as they take on rival projects from Google, Facebook and the other internet giants.

You can find out how to turn your home into a smart house, discover if police in the UK are misusing databases and discover how robots are are being introduced into our lives.

We also explore the history of 3D printing and a take a retrospective look at concepts from the past and see if they managed to live up to their designer’s ambitions.


“Our readers want to know how their life is going to be in 10, 20 years”


Continuing the overarching sporting theme of the issue, we speak to drone operators who are using devices to capture a new angle on the biggest sporting events and there’s also a visual look at the indisputable referee that is Hawk-Eye.

We ask how far we can push the boundaries of the human body as technology and medical science is taking sportsmen and women beyond tradition human capabilities, and round up the latest news and reviews from the world of innovation, design and research.

Factor’s editor Lucy Ingham said: “Our readers want to know how their life is going to be in 10, 20 years, and what technologies are going to change the way they live. We focus on emerging technologies and consider the potential impact they will have.”

Issue #1 of Factor for the iPad will be out in the first weeks of June and then every month after. To keep up to date with the latest developments follow Factor on Twitter and ‘Like’ our page on Facebook.


Wanted man captured thanks to facial recognition

A Chinese man who was wanted by police for “economic crimes” – which can include anything from tax evasion to the theft of public property – was arrested at a music concert in China after facial recognition technology spotted him inside the venue.

Source: Abacus News

SpaceX president commits to city-to-city rocket travel

SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell has reiterated the company’s plans to make city-to-city travel — on Earth — using a rocket that’s designed for outer space a reality. Shotwell says the tech will be operational “within a decade, for sure.”

Source: Recode

Businessman wins battle with Google over 'right to be forgotten'

A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.. The businessman served six months’ in prison for “conspiracy to carry out surveillance”, and the judge agreed to an “appropriate delisting order".

Source: Press Gazette

UK launched cyber attack on Islamic State

The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, has revealed. The operation hindered the group's ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed its propaganda.

Source: BBC

Goldman Sachs consider whether curing patients is bad for business

Goldman Sachs analysts have attempted to tackle the question of whether pioneering "gene therapy" treatment will be bad for business in the long run. "Is curing patients a sustainable business model?" analysts ask in a report entitled "The Genome Revolution."

Source: CNBC

Four-armed robot performing surgery in the UK

A £1.5m "robotic" surgeon, controlled using a computer console, is being used to shorten the time patients spend recovering after operations. The da Vinci Xi machine is the only one in the country being used for upper gastrointestinal surgery.

Source: BBC

Virgin Galactic rocket planes go past the speed of sound

Virgin Galactic completed its first powered flight in nearly four years when Richard Branson's space company launched its Unity spacecraft, which reached supersonic speeds before safely landing. “We’ve been working towards this moment for a long time,” Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said in an email to Quartz.

Source: Quartz

Google employees protest being in "the business of war"

Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses AI to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes. The letter, which is circulating inside Google, has garnered more than 3,100 signatures

Source: New York Times

Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”

MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that transcribes words that the user verbalises internally but does not actually speak aloud. The wearable device picks up neuromuscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalisations — saying words “in your head” — but are undetectable to the human eye.

Source: MIT News

Drones could be used to penalise bad farming

A report by a coalition of environmental campaigners is arguing squadrons of drones should be deployed to locate and penalise farmers who let soil run off their fields. Their report says drones can help to spot bad farming, which is said to cost more than £1.2bn a year by clogging rivers and contributing to floods.

Source: BBC

Californian company unveil space hotel

Orion Span, a California company, has unveiled its Aurora Station, a commercial space station that would house a luxury hotel. The idea is to put the craft in low-earth orbit, about 200 miles up, with a stay at the hotel likely to cost $9.5 million for a 12-day trip, but you can reserve a spot now with an $80,000 deposit.

UK mobile operators pay close to £1.4bn for 5G

An auction of frequencies for the next generation of mobile phone networks has raised £1.36bn, says regulator Ofcom. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three all won the bandwidth needed for the future 5G mobile internet services, which are not expected to be launched until 2020.

Source: BBC